“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm” —James Madison
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Word on the street ... they’re listening
Transport for London and the London police forces are looking into installing microphones alongside CCTV cameras that will automatically detect angry voices.
If this is the only purpose of the microphones, their output should be degraded to prevent them being used to monitor conversations. Legally restricting how the systems are used initially would not prevent a future government from using the microphones to abolish private conversations in public.